Brown Harvest by J.S. Russell

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What happens when the Boy Detective grows up, moves away, and comes home for a visit? His hometown has turned from American-as-apple-pie to darkest noir, his once-innocent girlfriend has transformed into something both more and less than she was, and his father has become a bum. Both parody and tribute to childhood heroes, Brown Harvest appropriates characters familiar to anyone who grew up reading detective stories. Borrowing from the Hardy Boys to Jay Cantor (Krazy Kat) and setting the characters on a collision path with hard-boiled thrillers, young adult mysteries, and classic noir fiction, Jay Russell creates joyful mayhem.


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Published September 25, 2001 by Four Walls Eight Windows. 256 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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His protagonist knows all too well that his old town and its denizens have secrets to hide -- his father, the former chief of police, is a corrupt drunkard, his tomboy best friend was the local bad girl.

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must face, including his father, a former chief of police whose corruption and infidelities destroyed him, and Roach Blackwell, the thug who stole Sandy from B.D.

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